There’s an interesting article up at Salon right now. The gist is that boomers and Gen-Xers love to think they understand the Millennial generation. However, there are a few things the two previous generations may have wrong:
“…if there is one claim about the Millennial generation that is truly absurd, it is the notion that they are entitled, spoiled and pampered. Some baby boomers and Gen-X members (especially boomers) insist that Millennials don’t want to pay their dues and expect everything handed to them on a silver platter, but Millennials on the whole are the polar opposite of entitled or spoiled.
Millennials—those born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s/early 2000s—in the United States inherited a country that is broken in many respects. From the worst economy in 80 years to a post-9/11 surveillance state to a dysfunctional healthcare system, Millennials have been given a raw deal. And fighting to get the country back on track will be an enormous task for them.
I’m pretty much dead center of Gen-X by age, although when I took the recent “How Millennial Are You?” quiz at Pew Research Center, I came out 74% Millennial – strange given the fact that I don’t have a tattoo or any body piercing (yes, that’s on the quiz).
I do think that our inability to understand one another across age ranges can be a threat to community, and can cause relationship problems, especially within the family system. I am still working hard to try to stay pliable, growing, progressing as a person, and I think this, in part, involves an attempt to develop a better understanding of subsequent generations; not in order to shape them, change them, manipulate them, market to them, or save them, but to love them well.
Here’s a quick list of the 10 Reasons. What do you think of them? The article itself contains much more detail under each of the ten – I recommend reading it. I’m trying to reserve judgment right now and just listen and learn.
- A dying middle class
- The financial crash of September 2008
- Crushing student loan debt
- The broken healthcare system
- The post 9/11 surveillance state
- Endless war
- Painfully low interest rates
- Bailouts and the federal deficit
- The George W. Bush administration
- Unlikely home ownership